Cardboard Bedding For Your Chicken Coop

| 6/19/2015 10:14:00 AM

Tags: Amy Fewell, Virginia, chickens, coop,

cardboard bedding 

Earlier this week I posted a photo on our facebook page of our cardboard bedding, and it created quite the conversation!

We hear of so many methods for our chicken coop floors. From straw, deep litter and wood shavings, to construction grade sand and just plain dirt. We all find different methods that suit our preferences. However, when I met a new homesteading friend not that long ago, and she introduced me to the wonderful world of cardboard bedding, I was sold.

It was a "mind blown" experience for me. I had never in my life heard of cardboard bedding. Out of all of the chicken professionals I've followed on facebook and through blogs, and farmers I've known through out life, never cardboard bedding. Maybe I just wasn't paying any attention, which is totally possible.

Cardboard bedding (also referred to as horse stall bedding in many places) are thick pieces of cardboard that have been shredded into chips. They come in extra large bags (larger than a wood shaving bag), and 2 large bags will cover my 8x8ft chicken coop. Many farm stores and co-ops carry the bedding, but you must ask for it, as they normally don't have it sitting out.

If done properly, cardboard bedding should only need to be changed every 4-6 months. It also depends on how many chickens you have in your coop. One summer we had over 50 chickens (never again!), and I ended up having to change the bedding every 2 months instead of the longer time frame. 

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